Leadership Tips

The best way to succeed is for a leader to figure out how to get the best from everyone and how to prevent employees from prematurely giving up. The basic prescription is for leaders to produce a culture that has ability to extract relevant information from its data and transform it into usable knowledge. This [...]

posted: September 11th, 2008

It doesn’t make sense to hold someone accountable, through reward or punishment, for objectives that are poorly defined or poorly communicated. Previous Tip                                                     Next Tip

posted: August 22nd, 2008

…not for convenience. It is far easier to bring in people who subscribe to your belief system than to try to influence their behavior after the fact.  Companies that truly see the character of their people as a competitive advantage spend a lot of time getting to know candidates before they let them in.   The recruitment [...]

posted: August 20th, 2008

Ultimately, the measure of anyone—and especially anyone called to lead—is in what he or she does. Remember: People are watching and how you conduct yourself in public will have immeasurable effects on others.Leading with kindness includes acting with integrity—consistently adhering to ethical standards of conduct and the organization’s core values. Previous Tip Next Tip

posted: July 2nd, 2008

The fun of business is trying to figure out how to best satisfy customers’ true needs, knowing that if this is done properly, the “what” will follow. Concentrating solely on the “what” may not only encourage aberrant behaviors to meet objectives, but also result in self-defeating behaviors as well. One way to increase profits is [...]

posted: July 2nd, 2008

There is a fine line between judicious oversight and spying. It is important to have good monitoring systems in place so that people act responsibly with the organization’s assets and recognize the proper management of those assets as a corporate value. Too loose oversight invites the wasting of assets, or worse. Under too strict oversight, [...]

posted: July 2nd, 2008

Combining impossible goals with tantalizing rewards invites cheating, since there is likely to be no return for playing fairly and achieving.  Avoid this bad mix of negative incentives.             Pervious Tip Next Tip

posted: July 2nd, 2008

Don’t lose sight of the many accomplishments that occur outside the formal goal-setting process. It is impossible to identify everything that will need to be done a year or more in advance. It is essential to recognize achievements that went beyond the call of duty. Previous Tip Next Tip  

posted: July 2nd, 2008

Avoid the trap of setting long-term goals without specifying intermediate sub-goals and celebrating incremental achievements. Effort should be self-reinforcing. Previous Tip Next Tip

posted: July 2nd, 2008

Make certain that individual goals do not impair group performance.  Most companies temper the potentially detrimental effects of personal pursuits by giving greater weight to group goals in compensation plans. Pervious Tip Next Tip 

posted: July 2nd, 2008